Chief justice at Gauhati high court, Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia has been elevated to the Supreme Court and will be sworn in by Chief Justice NV Ramana on May 9.
Justice Dhulia along with Gujarat high court judge, Justice Jamshed B Pardiwala were elevated to the Supreme Court, the central government notified on May 7. The notification came two days after the Supreme Court Collegium recommended their elevation.
After their appointment, the Supreme Court will function with a full sanctioned strength of 34 judges – after a gap of 30 months.
The Supreme Court collegium is headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana and comprises justices UU Lalit, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, and L Nageswara Rao.
The elevation of Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia makes him the second judge to be elevated to the top court from the Uttarakhand high court, and he is the sibling of national award-winning film director and actor Tigmanshu Dhulia.
Hailing from Madanpur, a remote village located in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, he is an alumni of Sainik School, Lucknow, and completed his graduation and law degree from the Allahabad University.
A second generation legal professional, Justice Dhulia joined the Bar at Allahabad high court in 1986 and shifted to his home state Uttarakhand on its formation in 2000.
He was the first chief standing counsel in the Uttarakhand high court and was later appointed an additional advocate general for Uttarakhand. He was designated as a senior advocate in 2004 and was elevated as the judge of Uttarakhand high court in November 2008. Later, he became the chief justice of the Gauhati high court on January 10, 2021.